Introduction to Comparative Literature
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Comparative literature involves reading and analyzing literature that represents different times, movements, cultures, and media. In this class, we will study English translations of texts from eras spanning the ancient to the contemporary; literary movements including Sentimentalism, Realism, and Modernism; national traditions arising in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America; and media including prose fiction, the graphic novel, and film. Throughout the course, we will consider what it means to think about all these different works as literary texts. To help with this, we will also read selections of literary theory that defines literature and its goal in abstract or philosophical terms. Assignments will focus on close reading of relatively short texts by authors such as Cervantes, Goethe, Kleist, Wilde, Chekhov, Woolf, Gogol, Kafka, Mishima, and Satrapi. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Type: lecture with some discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance, participation, three 1-page response papers, two 5-page papers, and a final take-home exam
Enrollment Preference: students considering a major in Comparative Literature
Distributions: Division I;